FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: City of Leon Valley Proactively Protects Citizens [open pdf - 177KB]
This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. "The FEMA Best Practices Portfolio consists of mitigation stories submitted by individuals and communities that describe measures they have taken to reduce the loss of life and property from disasters. These Best Practices are meant to provide ideas and concepts about reducing losses and to encourage others to evaluate their own risk and consider mitigation as a long-term solution to reducing that risk." This Best Practice Story is about flood mitigation efforts in Leon Valley, Texas. "Leon Valley, Texas, has had its share of flooding events. Located in Central Texas within Northwest San Antonio, it is a community that has taken a proactive approach to keeping its citizens safe. Under the guidance of Fire Chief Luis Valdez, the City of Leon Valley has become the first High Water Mark (HWM) Initiative Community in Region 6 and is recognized as part of the national program. Chief Valdez has seen firsthand the damage caused by flood to homes and the lives of the citizens of his fair city. [...] As part of FEMA's HWM Initiative, the City of Leon Valley placed a permanent High Water Mark sign on the Raymond Rimkus Park Walking Path. It serves as a daily reminder of the day the City of Leon Valley faced over 6-feet of water in the park. The HWM Initiative encourages local residents and businesses to learn about their flood risks. The sign itself reminds residents to make emergency plans and build disaster supply kits. The initiative was based on tools and strategies developed by FEMA and eight other Federal agencies."
Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov/